How to treat varicose veins and venous conditions with endovenous ablation procedures?
The saphenous vein is accessed above or below the knee via an intravenous cannula or small incision. The vein then dies off and is subsequently broken down by the body.
There are two endovenous ablation procedures performed in the market. Endovenous Laser treatment uses pulses of light to collapse the vein and seal closed. While the Endovenous Radiofrequency procedure uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate the vein wall to close and seal.
These procedures are usually quite effective and patients like because:
- Completed in-office without general anesthesia
- Small incision leaves little to no scarring
- Quick recovery getting back to normal activities within days
What to expect after an endovenous procedure
The day after the procedure, the doctor inspects the patient to review the results from the procedure, which may lead to further follow-up appointments if necessary. Gentle exercise is helpful after the procedure. However, the patient should avoid strenuous physical exercise and not lift any heavy weights or stand for long periods of time. A compression stocking is worn for a few days to over a week to prevent possible side effects from the procedure.
Treatment method for varicose veins with radiofrequency venous ablation therapy
The treatment method with radio wave therapy is identical to that of laser therapy. The only difference is the energy used to remove the saphenous veins from the inside. In radio wave therapy, the saphenous vein is heated with bipolar radiofrequency energy. The course of treatment follows:
- A special anesthetic is injected into the fatty tissues under the skin around the affected vein.
- A hollow needle is inserted in the affected saphenous vein above the knee or at the ankle.
- The radio frequency catheter is inserted in the affected vein segment.
- The vein is heated from the inside and obliterated.